EASA LAWNET workshop: Concepts, paradigms and slogans – From human rights to human dignity and sustainability

Concepts, paradigms and slogans – From human rights to human dignity and sustainability. EASA LAWNET workshop on the key concepts of anthropology of law and governance

Convenors: Reetta Toivanen, Miia Halme-Tuomisaari, Jane Cowan

At the University of Helsinki
Friday 24th May 2019

The aim of this workshop is to bring together anthropologists working in the anthropology of governance, rights and law to discuss, generate and, where appropriate, define/redefine key concepts, paradigms and familiar slogans that frame practices and performances of governance. We invite individual and panel proposals that investigate—ethnographically, theoretically, ethically— the terms of debate and action in specific contexts of governance at local, national and international level, as well as how they shift or are contested. ‘Sustainability’ constitutes one exemplary case of a discourse that in recent years has become increasingly central within global governance, prompting the question: what is entailed in the apparent shift from human rights toward human dignity and sustainability? What changes can be identified, where do they come from, and what do they express? More generally, what and who are such new or subtly shifting paradigms serving?  The workshop offers an opportunity to consider ethnographically grounded explorations on the meanings and consequences of concepts, paradigms and slogans as they endure or alter.

Please send your proposal of ca 200 words for presentation by the extended deadline 22nd March to reetta.toivanen@helsinki.fi. We are thinking of a publication on the topic.

Please plan to arrive on the 23rd of May for the pre-seminar dinner. On Friday we plan to work from 9.00 to 16.30.

Organized together with the European Association for Social Anthropology, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives, University of Helsinki